Democratic Meeting in Richmond County
February 08, 1860 issue of the WEEKLY STANDARD (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Transcribed and Posted by Myrtle Bridges
February 01, 2003
At a meeting of a portion of the Democratic party of the county of Richmond, held in Rockingham
on Monday, the 23rd January 1860, the following proceedings took place:
On motion of John D. Shaw, Esq., Col. Henry William Harrington was called to the Chair, and William J.
Everett appointed Secretary.
On motion of Col. Walter L. Steele, a committee of five was appointed to report resolutions for action
of the meeting, consisting of W. L. Steele, Dr. P. W. Stansill, William C. Leak, John D. Shaw and
D. B. Nicholson.
The Committee retired, and after a few minutes, presented the following resolutions, which were
Resolved, that this meeting has full confidence in the patriotism and nationality of the present
Resolved, That His Excellency, Governor Ellis, has discharged the duties of his office so as to
command our unqualified approval, and we hereby express the wish that he may be nominated for
re-election by the approaching State Convention.
Resolved, That in view of the dangerous and threatening doctrines of Black Republicanism, and the
possibility that the party holding them may become successful in the coming Presidential election,
it is the duty, in the opinion of this meeting, of all conservative men to unite in an endeavor to
defeat it; that the existing state of things shows conclusively that the only party which can make
a hopeful struggle in defense of the Constitution and the rights of the States, is the Democratic
party; that all attempts to produce the impression that a third party (by whatsoever name called)
can get, or stands any chance to get, the control of the Government, however boastful it may be of
its strength or its patriotism, are fatal and delusive because of their tendency to divide the South,
and thus strengthen her enemies; that the contest, in the approaching Presidential election, is clearly
between the Democratic and the Black Republican parties, as it was in 1856, and in such strife no
patriot ought to hesitate to give a hearty support to the former; that in view of all this, it is no
time for the friends of the South to be raising non-essential issues, useless tests, or subjects of
domestic or local broils, wasting their energies in warring upon one another, but a time for united,
hearty, and zealous action in defense of our honor, and of the peace and quiet safety of our homes and
firesides, and the rights secured to us by the patriotism and gallantry of our ancestors.
Resolved, That entertaining these opinions, we invite the co-operation of all good and true men, by
whatever name they may have been heretofore called, asking them to forget past differences and animosities,
and join with us in sustaining the Democratic party, the South and the Constitution, against the assaults
of Black Republicanism.
Resolved, That the Chairman of this meeting appoint ten delegates to represent this County in the District
Convention-this meeting suggesting Fayetteville as the place for holding the same.
Resolved, That twenty-five delegates be appointed to the State Convention, to be held in Raleigh on the
8th of March; though any Democrat of this County, present, shall be considered as entitled to act, and
the Chairman and Secretary shall be delegates to both Conventions.
The Chairman then appointed the following gentlemen delegates to the District Convention, viz:--
Thomas T. Covington, Jas. T. Roper, Col. Charles Malloy, Dr. Daniel Shaw, Robert N. Fairley, Walter F. Leak,
John D. Shaw, Thomas C. Leak, P. M. Powell and Daniel B. Nicholson. The following delegates to the State
Convention:--Noah Gibson, Col. Charles Malloy, Thomas T. Covington, Jas. T. Roper, Angus D. Blue, S. J. Gibson,
T. C. Leak, W. B. Cole, Col. Walter L. Steele, Wm. C. Leak, W. F. Leak, B. B. McKenzie, R. L. Steele,
Major Wm. E. Smith, J. T. Moorman, Dr. Archibald McFayden, P. M. Powell, John F. Ledgetter, John W. Leak,
Robert N. Fairley, John D. Shaw, M. S. Austin, Wm. Gibson, Malcom Blue, M. D. Bethune and Dr. W. B. McKinnon.
On motion, ordered that the proceedings be sent to the North Carolinian and Wilmington Journal for publication,
and other Democratic papers in the State be requested to copy. The meeting then adjourned. Henry Wm.
Harrington, Chm'n, Wm. J. Everett, Sec'y
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